Common name: Pineapple zamia
Botanical name: Lepidozamia.
Other common names: Burrawang palm
General description: Palm-like plants generally larger than the Macrozamia species with broader, more leathery leaflets.
Leaves: The leaflets are 10-35cm long and 40-60cm wide. The leaflets are attached to the upper side of the stalk or rachis, near the midline. The leaflets have parallel veins and no midrib.
Fruit/Berries: The fruiting cones are similar to those of Macrozamia species but are generally larger, more conical in shape and not stalked.
Other: The seeds are red, 4-6cm long and 3-3.5cm wide.
Symptoms: If eaten, the raw fruit may cause headache and severe gastro-intestinal irritation including stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. In a very few severe cases, liver damage, coma and death have been reported. The male cone has a fruity odour when releasing pollen and this has been recorded as causing respiratory distress.
Toxicity category: 2, 4
Warning: Seek urgent medical attention for all ingestions.